NOTICES

THIS COMING WEEK AT ST HELEN’S

Morning Prayer is said at 9.10 am and Evening Prayer at 5.10 pm on weekdays.

ON MONDAY St Helen’s Baby & Toddler Group meet in the Centre hall at 9.30 am and 11.00 am.

ON WEDNESDAY Holy Communion will be celebrated in the Parish Centre at 10.30 am, followed by refreshments.

ON SATURDAY Toddlers’ Nativity & Party will be in church at 10.30 am.

NEXT SUNDAY: Holy Communion (BCP) will be at 8.00 am and Sung Eucharist at 10.30 am. The Rotarians’ Carol Service will be in St Helen’s Church at 3.00 pm. There is no evening service.

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ADVENT LABYRINTH WALKS at St Michael & All Angels. Church open on Tuesdays 12th & 19th Dec, 11-12 noon & 7-8pm. A short prayer will be said at the beginning and end of each session. Entry by the porch on the south side of the church.

ST NICOLAS’ CHURCH celebrate their Patronal Festival this evening with a Parish Evensong at 5:30 pm. You are also invited by St Nicolas’ to join them for their Carol Service on Sunday 17th December at 6.00 pm.

ABINGDON SCOUTS & GUIDES annual Christmas post for Abingdon, Shippon, Radley @ 25p/card. Last collection on 17th December. Profits to benefit local Scouts and Guides. Thank you for your support.

URGENT – STEWARDS, St Helen's is hosting a lot of school carol services over the next week. Please sign up on the notice at the back of church if you can help. Most important is a warm welcome but if you are concerned about what else is involved please see Margaret Horton who has a simple instruction sheet. margaret_r_horton@yahoo.co.uk. 01235 528813

PRESCHOOL NATIVITY on Saturday 16th December will be at 10.30 am, organised by St Helen’s Baby & Toddler group. Just a few more adult helpers still needed to steward the church, serve coffee and tidy up afterwards. Please see Rachel Shearer if you can help or email her on rachel.shearer@tesco.net.

FOOD BANK. Please donate Christmas goods, eg biscuits, pies, cakes by 14th December. Items will be sorted and distributed on 15th December. Thanks.

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH at Peachcroft Christian Centre, Abingdon. For more information contact Kay on 01235 529510 or Christmas@peachcroftcc.org.

VOLUNTEERS are needed to transport members of the congregation to Church on Sundays or Wednesday mornings for 10.30 Holy Communion. Contact Liz Norman 01235 200151 liz.norman1@virignmedia.com

There will be NO coffee served after the morning service at St Helen’s on Sunday 24th December.

A family in St Helen’s congregation, with two young children, are looking for a small home, ideally with a garden, to rent. If you have ideas or suggestions please ring Nigel on: 07477 047191.

CHRISTIAN AID. Annual sponsored walk will be on Monday 1st January 2018. Contact Robert King on 01235 553715. The walk starts at St Helen's Parish centre at 10am to go round the south and west outskirts of Abingdon, refreshments at St Helen’s, and then another ‘loop’ walk along the river Thames to east of Abingdon.

10th December 2017 2nd Sunday in Advent



Contemplating ultimate things

It’s traditional in Advent to turn our thoughts to the four Last Things—death, judgement, heaven and hell—and to do some self-examination and stock-taking. Our Scripture readings in Advent take us deep into the apocalyptic thought-world of the early church, which expected the End of Time to come any moment now. With their talk of darkened sun, falling stars, and heaven and earth passing away, these readings may seem to us wild-eyed, alien and remote. But if you’ve been watching Blue Planet II, or following our parish Faith Forum this autumn, you will know that our abuse of God’s Creation is reaching apocalyptic proportions—climate change, habitat destruction, rain forest degradation, oceanic pollution. Those coping with sea level rise and extreme weather—the results of human greed, over-consumption, and heedlessness—could be forgiven for an apocalyptic mindset—their end times are getting closer every day.

‘We end up eating our clothes’

Did you know that every time we wash clothing made of synthetic fibres, thousands of tiny micro-fibres wash away into drains, ultimately ending up in lakes and oceans? These are making their way into the food supply of fish, and then into our own food supply, with completely unknown and potentially catastrophic consequences in the long term.

Living more lightly upon the earth: how are we doing?

Our final Faith Forum of the Creation series last Sunday reflected on St Helen’s environmental profile by completing the A Rocha charity’s online Eco-Church Audit. It’s early days, so our scores were low, but the audit generated lively discussion about what we as a church community can do to improve our stewardship of God’s creation. Our group came up with six initial leads: reducing paper use; organising a Lenten ‘Litter-Pick’ within the CiA; marking the Creation season in September each year; supporting the inclusion of Creation care in our children’s and youth work; considering Tearfund’s Toilet Twinning Scheme; thinking creatively about our churchyards. It’s a start!

The Revd Dr Jane Baun, Associate Priest